Eating with Jesus
Luke 24:36b-48 | Jesus Appears to His Disciples
While they were talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, ‘Peace be with you.’ They were startled and terrified, and thought that they were seeing a ghost. He said to them, ‘Why are you frightened, and why do doubts arise in your hearts? Look at my hands and my feet; see that it is I myself. Touch me and see; for a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.’ And when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet. While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering, he said to them, ‘Have you anything here to eat?’ They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate in their presence.
Then he said to them, ‘These are my words that I spoke to you while I was still with you—that everything written about me in the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms must be fulfilled.’ Then he opened their minds to understand the scriptures, and he said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Messiah is to suffer and to rise from the dead on the third day, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins is to be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things.
Perhaps it’s one of the ways that Jesus continues to show up and ask for something to eat from us. Jesus continues to show up in our world and ask us to remember the power of being a sacramental presence for others that leads to life. Jesus shows up in in frightened and broken times – reminding us of the power of this sacred meal; to forgive, to give new life, to sanctify and bless the work that we do as the body of Christ. And when we find ourselves like the disciples, “While in their joy they were disbelieving and still wondering…” amid the complexities of our modern world – Jesus stands today to remind us of the power of eating together, of experiencing the power of the Holy Spirit to open our minds to the wonder of God’s ability to turn death into new life. For we see in the death and resurrection of Jesus, the fulfillment of God’s love for the whole world. And we see that very same power of death and resurrection unfold each time in our own lives that we get pulled from the pit of despair and placed back on the road to life anew – God’s power to work resurrection in our very own lives.